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Sunday December 7, 2014
PESHAWAR (BNA) A key Al Qaeda leader identified as Umer Farooq alias Umer Ustad and Ustad Farooq was killed in a US drone strike along with four others in North Waziristan tribal agency's Dattakhel area on Sunday.
Sources said that a drone fired two missiles at a compound in Dattakhel's Khat Tangi area killing five people and wounding three others. The targeted compound was destroyed in the strike.
Ustad Farooq has in the past served as Al Qaeda's spokesman in Pakistan. He was reportedly the first Pakistani national to be promoted to a leadership position in Al-Qaeda, emerging as its spokesman for the South Asia region in 2009. He is believed to be the operational incharge of Al Qaeda for Afghanistan and Pakistan
Drone attacks are widely unpopular across Pakistan and according to survey conducted in June this year, 66 per cent of the country's citizens oppose these strikes.
Read: Pakistani Taliban squeezed by Afghan revolt, US drone strikes
Sunday's strike comes a day after the Pakistan military confirmed the killing of wanted Al Qaeda leader Adnan Shukrijumah during a raid at a compound in Shin Warsak area of South Waziristan Agency on Saturday.
North Waziristan is among Pakistan’s seven tribal districts near the Afghan border which are rife with insurgents and are alleged to be strongholds of Taliban and Al Qaeda operatives, among others.
Pakistan's military in mid-June had launched an all-out operation, named 'Zarb-i-Azb', against Taliban militants in the region.

The operation was initiated on June 15 following a brazen militant attack on Karachi's international airport and failure of peace talks between the government and Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) negotiators.
The offensive has driven out over 800,000 residents from North Waziristan and the army says it has cleared 90 per cent of the tribal region. The army says it has killed more than 1,100 militants and lost more than 100 soldiers since the start of the operation.

Saturday, December 06, 2014
ISLAMABAD (BNA) The Pakistan army on Saturday said a top Al Qaeda leader Adnan el Shukrijuma was killed early morning in the Sheen Warsak region of South Waziristan Agency.
A statement issued by the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) said Shukrijuma had moved in this area to hide in a compound from North Waziristan Agency due to the ongoing Zarb-i-Azb operation.
"His accomplice and local facilitator were also killed in the raid," the statement added. Shukrijuma is the most senior Al Qaeda member ever killed by the Pakistani military.
The statement says Adnan el Shukrijuma was a member of the core Al Qaeda leadership and was in charge of all external operations of Al Qaeda. During the raid, a soldier was also killed and another injured.
The Pakistan Army had launched Operation Zarb-i-Azb in June against foreign and local terrorists who were hiding in sanctuaries in North Waziristan.
The comprehensive operation was launched a week after militants made a brazen insurgent attack on the country's busiest airport in Karachi.

LONDON(BNA): Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Thursday said Pakistan's intensive anti-terrorism cooperation and efforts for regional peace and security need to be better recognised by the international community.

He was talking to the US Secretary of State John Kerry on the sidelines of the London Conference on Afghanistan.

The premier was accompanied by his Adviser on Foreign Affairs and National Security Sartaj Aziz and Special Assistant Tariq Fatemi.

The prime minister also discussed the regional situation with Kerry as well as the ongoing Operation Zarb-i-Azb. He said 80 per cent of the area had been cleared of militants, adding that the operation would continue until the complete elimination of militants.

Sharif said a stable, prosperous and democratic Afghanistan was in Pakistan's best interest, adding that Pakistan looked forward to having a good working relationship with the new Afghan government.

Secretary Kerry acknowledged Pakistan's contributions and sacrifices in the war on terror.

He welcomed the recent improvement in ties between Pakistan and Afghanistan and regarded it as a step towards regional stability. He assured Pakistan with the full support of the US in this regard.

Thursday, December 04, 2014
PESHAWAR (BNA) At least 18 Taliban militants were killed on Thursday during air strikes conducted by Pakistan Air Force fighter jets in the Dattakhel Tehsil of North Waziristan Agency.
Official sources told that at least 18 Taliban militants were killed after jets targetted their positions in the restive agency’s Madakhel area.
However, this information could not be independently verified as journalists have limited access to the war-torn region.
A day ago, military sources had said that 15 Taliban militants, including two key commanders from the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), were killed in precision airstrikes.
Today’s strikes were part of the military operation which is currently being carried out by the army in the tribal areas of North Waziristan and Khyber tribal regions, targeting local and foreign insurgents.
Pakistan’s semi-autonomous areas have long been a hideout for militants of all stripes — including TTP, Al Qaeda and other foreign fighters.
Jets and artillery began targeting rebel strongholds in North Waziristan in mid-June and ground forces moved in to the region on June 30. The army says it has killed more than 1,100 militants and lost more than 100 soldiers since Zarb-i-Azb, the military operation in North Waziristan, began.

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